If You See Something, Say Something

Management doesn’t always notify the union of their proposed changes of working conditions or formal meetings.

woman speaking into a smartphoneSometimes management knowingly or unknowingly violates a law, regulation, and contractual provisions in the CBA and other agreements. These include implementing changes in working conditions without notifying the union or giving opportunity to bargain. Such changes, while seemingly minimal in isolation, have the potential to be overly burdensome requirements in combination with other tasks and over time. This is why it is so critical that you notify your chapter president immediately after you learn of them.

If the meeting where management announced the change has no union representation, it is unlikely that the employer notified the union of the meeting or the change.

If the email where management announced the change does not copy the union, it is unlikely that the employer notified the union of the change.

If a practice or policy is contrary to what is stated in the CBA or other agreement with the union, it may be a unilateral change in working conditions.

When in doubt, please contact your chapter president immediately.

Thanks in advance for helping us help all of us.

Author: chapterpresident

I have worked in the FDA since 1990 in a variety of positions. I currently serve as chapter president of NTEU Chapter 254, representing FDA employees in Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and Utah.